Created By: pcw2727 on August 24, 2012 Last Edited By: pcw2727 on October 15, 2012
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Lethal Eatery

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Lots of comedies feature restaurants and other food service venus with breathtakingly bad public health risks. Food is sold months even years after its expiration date. It's often prepared by an uncouth cook who manages to get a great deal of hair and bodily fluid into whatever he's cooking. This is almost always played for laughs.

A Leathal Eatery may employ a Lethal Chef or two but in some cases the food tastes alright despite being coated in bacteria.

See also Greasy Spoon.


Examples:

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[[folder:Film]]

  • In Spaceballs, it's implied that the customer of a space diner contracted the alien parasite from the food he was served.
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[[folder:Literature]]

  • Most of the restaurants in Ankh-Morkpork are like this. A character mentions at one point that trying to have public health laws would be like "installing smoke detectors in Hell."
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]

  • Torgo's Pizza in Mystery Science Theater 3000, ultimately closed down due to sanitation problems.

  • On Cheers Norm's favorite restaurant, the Hungry Heifer, is sometimes described like this. He goes there because the food is cheap and tastes OK, but there is the occasional stomach-pumping incident.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]

  • The Simpsons has two classic examples. There's the Quick-E-Mart where nearly every perishable item is past its expiration and Moe's Tavern which is home to herds of rats, has cockroaches swimming in its pickled eggs and occasionally uses old hypodermic needles as martini straws.

  • Panuccis pizza from Futurama follows this trope, among other things the owner scratches himself with a pepperoni roll, blows his nose with pizza dough, and uses his pizza paddle to spank his employees and kill rats.
    • Elzars is also crawling with roaches despite being a gourmet restaurant.
    • There's also the Signoid pizza shop. The restaurant uses manure in its pizzas due to a gross ignorance of earth cuisine.

  • The Krusty Krab. Especially in "Born-Again Krabs." Remember how Krabs wanted to sell that old smelly Krabby Patty to save a few cents?
    Squidward: Spongebob, can I get one with less...fog?

  • When Beavis And Butthead work at Burger World, something usually goes wrong. If it isn't that the boys have decided to deep fry some vermin, it's that Beavis has used the spatula to scratch his jock itch.

  • Every restaurant in Invader Zim is caked in grime and filth and staffed by disgusting uncouth slobs. All part of the hilarious misanthropic atmosphere of Invader Zim.

  • Gusteau's is wrongly thought to be this in Ratatouille.
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[[folder:Video Games]]

  • The game Hector: Badge of Carnage has Chez LeBouffett. The place is swarming with flies and if you complain about the meat on your plate the waiter will grab your half eaten meal, dump it back into the buffet cart and then serve you a new plate from the ensuing pile. Hector does some horrifyingly disgusting things in the game but he refuses to eat the food at the restaurant.

  • Stinky's Diner from the Telltale Sam & Max games.

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[[folder:Music]]

French-Canadian series Les 2 Minutes du Peuple has "Snack Bar chez Raymond".

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Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • August 24, 2012
    Duncan
    I think you mean "Chez". Someone working there is usually a Lethal Chef.

  • August 24, 2012
    Tiiba
    I thought this would be about high-contrast photos of heroic bacteria.
  • August 24, 2012
    Prfnoff
  • August 24, 2012
    DarkLiterati
    The Krusty Krab. Especially in "Born-Again Krabs." Remember how Krabs wanted to sell that old smelly Krabby Patty to save a few cents?
    Squidward: Spongebob, can I get one with less...fog?
  • August 24, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • When Beavis And Butthead work at Burger World, something usually goes wrong. If it isn't that the boys have decided to deep fry some vermin, it's that Beavis has used the spatula to scratch his jock itch.
  • August 25, 2012
    JonnyB
    Gusteau's is wrongly thought to be this in Ratatouille.
  • August 25, 2012
    surgoshan
    Is this just an institution of Lethal Chefs
  • August 26, 2012
    remande
    The Golden Trough in Freefall. One man punishes his child by taking him there, kicking and screaming. Sam Starfall, of a scavenger species, loves it.

  • August 26, 2012
    Chabal2
    A common joke is for the cook (usually an obese, hairy, greasy man) to make burger patties by shoving a hunk of ground beef in his armpit and flattening it a few times, following up that you don't want to know how he makes the holes in the donuts.
  • August 26, 2012
    pcw2727
    ^^^ lethal chefs is a little different. Chez Salmonella can serve food that tastes good, but is still prepared with a complete disregard for sanitary condition.
  • August 26, 2012
    polarbear2217
    "FDA Magnet Restaurant"
  • August 26, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • Most of the restaurants in Ankh-Morkpork are like this. A character mentions at one point that trying to have public health laws would be like "installing smoke detectors in Hell."
  • August 26, 2012
    nielas
    • The game Hector Badge Of Carnage has Chez LeBouffett. The place is swarming with flies and if you complain about the meat on your plate the waiter will grab your half eaten meal, dump it back into the buffet cart and then serve you a new plate from the ensuing pile. Hector does some horrifyingly disgusting things in the game but he refuses to eat the food at the restaurant.
  • August 26, 2012
    Lawman592
    • On the Basil the Rat episode of Fawlty Towers, the hotel restaurant is cited with a Long List of sanitary violations by a health inspector who orders Basil to correct them by the time of his follow-up visit or else face closure. Basil and the staff almost manage to do this only for Manuel's pet "Siberian hamster'' (i.e., rat) to get loose when the health inspector returns.
  • August 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    On Cheers Norm's favorite restaurant, the Hungry Heifer, is sometimes described like this. He goes there because the food is cheap and tastes OK, but there is the occasional stomach-pumping incident.
  • September 6, 2012
    XFllo
    Perhaps one more example from Futurama - Fry voluntarily eats the bathroom sandwich in "Parasites Lost".
  • September 6, 2012
    chicagomel
    There's a connection with school cafeterias in here somewhere. They're often shown with the food being gross and disgusting and having icky ingredients, but specific examples escape me. Sister trope perhaps?
  • September 6, 2012
    spacemarine50
    Is this Foreign Queasine, without the foreign part?
  • September 6, 2012
    foxley
  • September 7, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^
    • On The Simpsons the school cafeteria regularly serves meals made with bull testicles and beef hearts (which were just dumped on the floor when delivered), and serves "malk" instead of milk.
    • One of Weird Al Yankovic's early songs is called "School Cafeteria."
      The tunafish sandwiches'll make you ill / The enchiladas are enough to kill / Before you eat, you'd better make out your will / In the school cafeteria today
  • September 7, 2012
    Rognik
    Ten Things I Hate About You had this in one scene. Kate is taken to a fancy restaurant and, because she is a vegetarian, can't eat most of the things on the menu, so she orders the (I want to say mushrooms here, but it could have been something else). Her date, the Bad Boy of the school, then decides they are going to dine and dash. Some time later, Kate throws up her dinner because of some aspect of how the food was prepared. In an amusing stinger to that story, Kate, who had been constantly harping on him to pay for things, insists at the end that he, under no uncertain terms, should not pay for her meal which had just made her sick.
  • September 7, 2012
    robinjohnson
    If it counts:
    • Baldrick's army cooking in [[Blackadder Blackadder Goes Forth]] substitutes rats, mud, and various bodily fluids for ingredients that are hard to come by in the Trenches. Cue plenty of gross-out humour when he cooks for the General.
  • October 5, 2012
    pcw2727
    Ok this is getting cluttered so I'll reiterate the trope:

    1. Must be a food service establishment. If it's just one person cooking revolting food it's a Lethal Chef

    2. Food at this establishment is regularly prepared in a frighteningly unsanitary manner. The ten things example is just someone getting sick from a single undercooked meal. Aversion to foreign food does not count either. It doesn't count if they're eating bull testicles unless they're eating bull testicles that were left out in the sun for three days then spit on.

    The cafeteria sister trope is a good idea. School cafeteria food is often depicted as unsanitary but also as just very poor quality. Maybe a new one called "Cafeteria Food Sucks" would do.

    Does anyone have another suggestion for an alternative name? Maybe Lethal Eatery to go with Lethal Chef
  • October 9, 2012
    Chabal2
    See also Greasy Spoon.

    Music: French-Canadian series Les 2 Minutes du Peuple has "Snack Bar chez Raymond".
  • October 9, 2012
    AgentSeattle
    Perhaps it could be called "The Alleged Restaurant", so it goes with The Alleged Car, The Alleged Steed, and The Alleged Boss.
  • October 11, 2012
    pcw2727
    That suggests it somehow serves artificial food.

    I'm gonna switch it to Lethal Eatery.
  • October 12, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    An episode of That 70s Show had Hyde's mother, the school lunch lady, coughing and dropping a cigarette butt into a pot of... something... that supposedly will be served in the school cafeteria.
  • October 13, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In Spaceballs, it's implied that the customer contracted the alien parasite from the food he was served.

  • October 14, 2012
    pcw2727
    Lets make this the main trope with Lethal Cafeteria as a subtrope.

    Anyone got an idea for a quote or picture?
  • October 15, 2012
    nitrokitty

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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